If funding remained at 1969 Apollo mission levels, NASA planned to develop such elements as a lunar orbit station in 1978, a lunar surface base in 1980, and a manned mission to Mars in 1981 or 1983 thespacereview.com/articl…
In 2007, Rockstar Games allowed fans to call a number and rant about what they thought was wrong with America. The best calls were featured on a radio station in "Grand Theft Auto IV" gtaforums.com/topic/26235…
When Alfred Hitchcock was five, his father sent him to a police station with a note. The policeman read the note and locked him in jail for few minutes, saying "this is what we do to naughty boys". This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
In an attempt to trim out the listing Yamato, Japan's super battleship, the captain flooded the outer engine room, drowning three hundred men at their stations. nationalinterest.org/blog…
In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in New Zealand held the staff hostage and made them play Kermit's Rainbow Connection non stop. nzherald.co.nz/sport/jere…
In the event of The Queen's death (Operation London Bridge), Radio New Zealand stations are specifically instructed not to play music by the band Queen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In 2006 VH1 ran a fundraiser for Hurricane Katerina where viewers who made donations were able to choose which music videos the station would play. One viewer donated $35,000 and requested continuous play of "99 Luftballons" and "99 Red Ballons" for an hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_…
When chicago radio station β€œthe loop” was replaced by a Christian music station. They signed off with highway to hell! ihorror.com/rock-radio-st…
After WW2, the Allies discovered meticulous plans for a Sun Gun by the Nazis. Planned by renowned Nazi Scientist Hermann Oberth, it was a .62 mile mirror attached to a space station to burn cities and evaporate oceans estimated to take 15 years to build. He later joined NASA. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
The reason for the Netherlands not being underwater is due to its complex network of dikes, ditches, canals and pumping stations that have been built through the course of its history. It is so intricate that controlled flooding can create a ring of fortification around Amsterdam, its capital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 1896, Auburn students greased the train tracks leading in and out of the local station. When Georgia Tech's train came into town, it skidded through town and didn't stop for five more miles. The GT football team had to make the trek back to town, then went on to lose, 45-0. thewareaglereader.com/201…
Spiral staircases were installed in fire stations in the 1800s to stop the horses that pulled the engines going up the stairs when they smelled food cooking. redzone.co/2016/09/09/spi…
After a fatal motorcycle accident in India, the pΠΎlΡ–ce took the bike to a nearby station, but on numerous occasions, it disappeared before dawn and was found back at the accident site. A shrine dedicated to the bike was then built at the site, with hundreds praying there daily for a safe journey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_…
Country music became popular in America partially through a pirate radio station of a quack doctor based out Kansas who built a fortune on a procedure to implant goat testicles into men's scrotums. muddyrootsrecords.com/mr_…
During the fall of Saigon in April of 1975, the American radio station played "White Christmas" to signal American troops to immediately move to evacuation points en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
It is an annual tradition at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station to screen John Carpenter's 'The Thing'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
George B. McClellan, the mayor of New York in 1904, was to symbolically start the first train at City Hall station and the hand it over to an engineer. However, he enjoyed himself so much that he refused to stop controlling the train until he reached 103rd street. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There is a movement to rebuild the original Penn Station rebuildpennstation.org/
In the 1920s, Colonel Sanders became involved in a shootout after a rival gas station owner killed an employee over a sign dispute. Sanders returned fire, wounding his rival. This had the side effect of eliminating the competition as he was never charged. gizmodo.com/no-colonel-sa…
The reason astronauts in orbit 'float' is not due to lack of gravity but rather they are free-falling around Earth (inside the also falling space station) wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/mobi…
The British banished the voices of the Sinn Fein from the airwaves. To get around this news stations simply aired footage of the Sinn Fein leaders with actors dubbing their voices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
The US Interstate Highway System is the most expensive construction project in the world and costs more than 3 times that of the International Space Station finchgroup.net/2020/01/th…
The reason characters say β€œstation” and there’s an alien named Station in β€˜Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey’ was because of a typo in the script that became an inside joke with the writers. digitalspy.com/movies/a84…
Staff at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica have an annual tradition of back-to-back viewings of The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (1982), and The Thing (2011) after the last flight has left for the winter io9.gizmodo.com/these-sou…
In 2012, an Indian nurse looking after the Duchess of Cambridge was prank called by an Australian radio station pretending to be the Queen. This led to her revealing confidential information which was then broadcast on the radio. 3 days later, she committed suicide by hanging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
American Samoa has a population of less than 60k but has the highest rate of military enlistment of any U.S. state or territory. The local Army recruitment station in Pago Pago ranked #1 in 2014 and 2015 in production out of the 885 Army recruiting stations at the time. pireport.org/articles/201…
In 1944, the American air force bombed the train station of Hasselt in Flanders. The bombs that missed made a network of craters in the nearby grasslands, which are now more than 110 ponds and house a large amount of aquatic animal species, some of which are of high conservation importance. pondscape.be/downloads/2a…
Today I learned of the Max Headroom signal hijacking incident, in which two TV stations in Chicago had their broadcast taken over t show an individual dancing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
WIXX-FM, a radio station in Green Bay, Wisconsin, edits out "Minnesota Vikings" from the song "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo as if it were a swear word. greenbaypressgazette.com/…
When the first commander of the International Space Station was being interviewed to be an astronaut he was asked "What are you best at?" The candidate, Bill Shepherd, Navy Seal, answered "Killing people with a knife." space.com/2322-nasa-space…
Today I learned about ultramarathoner Jasmin Paris, who won the 268-mile Spine race in 2019 in a record setting 83 hours 12 minutes, while stopping at aid stations to express milk for her daughter. runnersworld.com/uk/news/…
London not only has the β€žBig Benβ€œ but also β€žLittle Benβ€œ, located at Victoria Station. It mimics the design of its big brother not far away at Westminster Bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Aerosmith’s hit β€œBig Ten Inch Record” was a cover of an R&B song that was originally released in 1952, when unsurprisingly, radio stations refused to play it because of its suggestive lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
An electric car debuted in 1904 that could travel 100 miles on a single charge. Its inventor drove it from Nebraska to NYC, and there were at that time sufficient charging stations along the way. coloradoencyclopedia.org/…
The International Space Station ISS doesn't orbit at a constant elevation. It's orbit is constantly decaying, at varying rates due to changing conditions in the upper atmosphere, and it has boosters to periodically launch itself back up to a higher altitude heavens-above.com/IssHeig…
Today I learned about UVB-76, an unexplained Russian shortwave radio station that broadcasts a single tone constantly along with cryptic voice messages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB…
A "Power Ranger" has spent 2 hrs a day helping Tokyo subway riders lug heavy packages and baby strollers up the station stairs, as it has no elevators nor escalators. He said: "Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out." nbcnews.com/news/world/ma…
In a subway station in the Chinese city of Nanjing, vending machines sell live crabs. The crabs are kept at 0-10Β° C (32-50Β° F) - not enough to freeze them, but cold enough to make them docile. Around 200 crabs are sold daily - and if you buy a dead one, you'll get three live ones for free npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned of Ghulam Dastagir, a Stationmaster who refused to leave his post during the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, & prevented any trains from stopping at the station, saving thousands of lives even as his colleagues were dead and he himself spent 2 decades in and out of hospital due to long exposure to the Gas news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south…
, in 1990 Australian radio station Triple J, played N.W.A's 'Express Yourself' 82 times in a row in protest over its acting news editor Nick Franklin, getting suspended for playing N.W.A's 'Fuck The Police' on air. The protest was a success and Franklin had his suspension revoked. smh.com.au/entertainment/…
Kelvin Doe, also popular as DJ Focus, became a self-taught engineer at the age of 13. He built his own radio station in Sierra Leone in West Africa, where he broadcasts news and play music. imaginationmatters.org/in…
The quiz-show originated in Canada. In 1935, Richard Louis del Valle, who changed his name to Roy Ward Dickson, came up with an idea developed from his teaching days and proposed it to a local radio station where the show β€˜Professor Dick and his Question Box’ began rcinet.ca/en/2020/05/15/c…
The Soviets manufactured multiple weapons for Space Warfare, such as the Polyus Orbital Weapons system, a modified 23mm Rikhter Cannon attached to the Space Station Almaz, and a laser powered handgun for blinding enemy satellites, should the Cold War ever spread to space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In 2001 TacoBell offered to give "one free taco" to every US customer if the core of the Soviet Mir space station hit a TacoBell target in the middle of the south Pacific ocean. The target read: "Free Taco Here" with a TacoBell logo emblazoned in the middle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Paul Simon listed "Fakin' It" as being 2:74 because radio stations wouldn't play anything listed at over 3 minutes long en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fak…
Astronauts on the International Space Station experience 90% of Earth's gravity unlike the moon which experiences 16.6% and Mars, 37.6%. However, on the ISS, astronauts appear to float as they are in free fall around the Earth. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
In an interview on March 1966 John Lennon said that The Beatles "We're more popular than Jesus now". His comments were reprinted in an American magazine which caused show cancellations and protests, record burnings, radio stations boycotting playing their music and anti-Beatles rallies. ultimateclassicrock.com/j…
Today I learned about Anna Creek Station, the largest Cattle Station in Australia, which at 23,677 Square KM is larger than Israel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Monty Hall was born Monte Halparin. Excluded from medical school due to secret quotas restricting the number of Jewish students, he got a job in broadcasting. His station misspelled and shortened his names, making him Monty Hall. He co-created and hosted "Let's Make a Deal" for almost 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…

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